President Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, and Hadiya Pendleton’s mother Cleoaptra will be a guest of the first lady at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, as the White House continues its push to change gun control laws.

Both moves reflect a growing concern and awareness by the Obama administration of both the overall problem of gun violence in Chicago, the city where the Obamas spent much of their adult life, and the shooting death of the 15-year-old Pendleton, who had performed with her high school band during the inauguration in Washington only days before she was shot in a Chicago park only about a mile from the Obama’s house there.

Pendleton’s death has galvanized African-Americans nationally, and Michelle Obama attended her funeral over the weekend.

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